Report: Tottenham lead the race to sign highly-rated Spanish playmaker Denis Suarez

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Villarreal’s Denis Suarez.

According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to sign Villarreal’s Denis Suarez.

The report claims that Spurs sent head of recruitment Paul Mitchell to Anfield last week to watch the Villarreal playmaker in action against Liverpool, and by all accounts he made an impression.

The former Spain under-21 international began his career at Celta Vigo, and following an impressive campaign for the B team he was later snapped up by Manchester City in the summer of 2011.

Suarez was dubbed as one for the future at City, yet despite winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award in 2012, he moved back to Spain by joining Barcelona on a four-year deal.

The 22-year-old then had a loan spell at Sevilla, before joining Villarreal last summer with the option of a buy-back clause - a clause Barcelona may look to activate given his recent performances.

Suarez has featured in 32 La Liga games this season, scoring four goals and grabbing a further four assists. His biggest impression, however, came in the Europa League as he leads the assist charts with seven.

Tottenham have been alerted by his superb displays, and Mitchell was subsequently sent to see him in action against Liverpool as the club consider making him among their top summer transfer targets.

Suarez can play in a range of positions in the final third, and he would no doubt provide Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino with further attacking options in support of lone striker Harry Kane.

The North London club have made it a policy to bring exciting youngsters to White Hart Lane, and Suarez certainly falls into that category as a full Spanish cap looms for the talented playmaker.

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